building

noun
build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Synonyms for building

Synonyms

edifice, structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.

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The mansion is decked out in a dramatic scheme of white paint and dark wood, and also has numerous private balconies alone the upper floors of the building. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Cher’s $48 Million Former Beverly Hills Mansion is for Sale," 2 May 2019 At night, all of the buildings light up, providing a stunning view of the city. Adrienne Faurote, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Shanghai, China," 5 Apr. 2019 But the owner of the building is the one who buys the appliances. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "My Patent Story: A Smarter Electrical Metering System Than the Utilities Had," 21 Feb. 2019 An Airbnb book shop is a nice idea, maybe better than having your own shop, and almost (not really almost) as good a building your own library. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "If You Stay In This Very Popular Airbnb, There’s One Catch—You’ll Have to Run The Attached Bookshop," 26 Apr. 2019 All told, the city estimates as much as $4 billion could be spent on retrofitting buildings. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "New York City Passed Its Own Green New Deal–Like Legislation," 19 Apr. 2019 In 2015, a tech-savvy art historian named Andrew Tallon used lasers to create detailed 3-D scans of the cathedral (among other historic buildings) and found, for one thing, that its builders took shortcuts. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Notre Dame Cathedral Will Never Be the Same—and That's Ok," 19 Apr. 2019 Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase helps process amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "Why You Don't Actually Need to Test for MTHFR Gene Variants," 18 Mar. 2019 Teenage fandom is one of the most important building blocks of an artist’s career. Morgan Jerkins, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly and Other Powerful Men Have Always Manipulated Their Teen Fans," 9 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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building

noun

English Language Learners Definition of building

: a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.
: the act or process of making structures by putting together materials

building

noun
build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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